‘Collaborations’ art exhibit open at University of St. Thomas; reception scheduled Feb. 9 St. Thomas Newsroom February 2, 2006 “The Times,” a mixed-media piece by Minneapolis artist Tricia Schweitzer, is among the artworks included in the exhibition, "Collaborations: Women, Mentorship and the Visual Arts," Jan. 21-March 10 at St. Thomas. ‘Collaborations’ art exhibit open at University of St. Thomas; reception scheduled Feb. 9 The Luann Dummer Center for Women at the University of St. Thomas is hosting an art exhibition, “Collaborations: Women, Mentorship and the Visual Arts,” through March 10, in the Lobby Gallery of the university’s O’Shaughnessy Educational Center. The exhibition, free and open to the public, explores stories of collaboration among Twin Cities artists and arts professionals, featuring 20 works in a variety of media. The exhibition is open from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and noon to 10 p.m. Sundays. Participating artists and art professionals include: Printmaker Stella Ebner and Groveland Gallery director Sally Johnson Fiber artists Nancy MacKenzie and Erica Spitzer Rasmussen Photographer and GLBT Pride-Twin Cities Art Show coordinator Sara Hagestad and painter Tricia Schweitzer Mira Gallery art director Maria Cristina O’Brien and multimedia artist Patricia Mendoza Weaver Kelly Marshall and batik artist Ziya Tarapore Joan Regal, director of Minneapolis-based Southeast Asian Ministry, and needleworkers from Pan Dau Hmong Handwork. The exhibition’s opening reception, also free and open to the public, will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 9. It will feature music by Twin Cities guitarist Gabriela Sweet. Hors d’oeuvres and refreshments will be served. A panel discussion with the artists will be held from 12:15 to 1 p.m. Friday, Feb. 17, in the Luann Dummer Center for Women, Room 103, O’Shaughnessy Educational Center. The discussion, part of the center’s Feminist Fridays series, is free and open to the public. Panelists will comment on women’s challenges and opportunities in the arts, especially through collaborative work and mentoring. For further information about these and other events sponsored by the Luann Dummer Center for Women, call (651) 962-6119.